You’re sure to love these simple, traditional Christmas kitchen decor ideas. Featuring red berry wreaths, French cottage style, and classic Christmas colors.
Welcome! Come and explore these simple Christmas kitchen decor ideas from my home! I’ll be taking you on a tour of all the little touches of Christmas sprinkled throughout my kitchen.
Our Homes at Christmas: 2018
Why I Didn’t Decorate for Christmas
As AnnMarie mentioned when she showed her front porch decorated for Christmas, we’re going to be sharing how we decorated our homes for Christmas over the next week! This is the first year in a l-o-n-g time that I’ve taken the time to really decorate for Christmas.
We like to be honest around here, so before I show you my kitchen, let me tell you why decorating for Christmas hasn’t been a thing for me recently.
As you may know, I’m a child and family portrait photographer. The absolute busiest time of the year for me is from the end of September until the middle of December. After all, family photos are perfect Christmas gifts! And don’t forget holiday cards. Plus, the weather in North Carolina gets a little less steamy at that time of year.
Don’t get me wrong: we decorated our tree Thanksgiving weekend, but that was about it. By the time I had time to decorate, Christmas would be less than 2 weeks away. And we often spend the week between Christmas and New Year visiting family.
Decorating for Christmas just wasn’t a priority. And it felt like so much work for just a short amount of time.
It’s ALL about the Blog!
This year has been just as busy, actually more busy between my photography and this blog! But I was inspired to make the time to decorate since I would be sharing it with you here. So THANK YOU!
Because when I walk into my house now, all I can do is smile! I’m like Buddy the Elf: “smiling is my favorite!”
Christmas Kitchen Decor Ideas
This is my view when I walk into my house from the garage. I know the trend now is for neutral Christmas decor, but I LOVE red. So my home is filled with red Christmas accents. Following design trends can be fun, but I think it’s important to put your own spin on things so your home looks like YOUR home!
I added a red and white striped runner to the kitchen table and topped it with a simple centerpiece.
Here’s a close-up view of my centerpiece. It’s filled with faux greenery, some orbs made from grapevines, a faux pillar candle, and some really special ornaments.
My sister gave me these 6 ornaments our first Christmas after I got married. Every time I look at them I think not only of her but also of that special newlywed time! I love that so much of my Christmas decor brings those kinds of meaningful memories.
The chandelier over the kitchen table is draped with a simple holly garland and each candlestick has a little red berry candle ring.
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Shop the Look
When we first moved to North Carolina, I bought these red berry wreaths to hang in all the windows of our first floor. I don’t hang them in every window anymore, but I love hanging them in the kitchen!
Here’s a little bit of a closer look. I used some pretty plaid ribbon that I found in Hobby Lobby to hang the wreaths.
Simple tip: use a staple gun to attach the ribbon to the top of your window frames.
Right beside the window seat is a black sideboard hutch. I added some red berry stems to the decorative bucket. The nativity scene was my husband’s set from his childhood. And we attach photo cards to the little birdcage with miniature clothespins.
Can we talk about Christmas cards real quick? I LOVE to get them! I totally understand they can be a pain to send out, but if you’re sending one to me, know that it absolutely makes my day to open it and see your family’s smiling faces!
Decorating the Working Part of the Kitchen
My kitchen sink window got a red berry wreath. And I swapped the greenery out for pine boughs in the little galvanized container and added that red, wooden JOY sign. I got that sign a few years ago from Michael’s and it has little lights in it!
I’ve been using some wonderful Mrs. Meyer’s Peppermint dish soap and hand soap that I got from the Grove Collaborative. If you purchase some through the link you’ll receive a free 5-piece set! (We’ll receive a small commission at no cost to you that helps to offset some of the expenses of this blog).
Christmas Coffee Station
Next to the sink is my Keurig. I decorated the stand where I keep my coffee, mini filters, flavored extracts, sweetener, tea bags, and hot cocoa packets. Plus there are some candy canes for the kids and Kevin to stir their hot cocoa!
I love having all of the stuff contained in one place! It makes the area so much less cluttered. I was inspired by AnnMarie’s coffee station and put my own spin on the idea.
Just a few more personal touches:
These little angel chimes have been in my family for decades! I remember them from my grandmother’s house and they transport me to childhood Christmas Eve dinners. The heat from the little candles (I need to buy some!) makes the angels spin and the little bars hit the tiny chimes.
My girls LOVE decorating gingerbread houses. And my cats LOVE cruising on my counters at night looking for edible treats. So I display the girls’ handiwork under a cake dome. You can score that Humans 1, Cats 0. ?
This 3-tiered stand that sits on my refrigerator is my nod to farmhouse Christmas decor trends. I’ve had the stand for over a decade, but I filled it with some new ornaments and a little painted wood Joy sign that I picked up from Hobby Lobby, and a painted wood Christmas tree, mini pine cones and greenery that I’ve also had for decades (decades, people!). I added the red and white felt garland that I found on the cheap at TJ Maxx.
I filled this white metal double bucket with some red berry stems that I found at Hobby Lobby. It’s sitting on the half wall that divides my kitchen and family room. I absolutely love how this looks!
I used a combination of old decor with a few new items to give my kitchen a festive look that’s both classic and current. Do you combine old and new decorations too?
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